|Position ID:||UConn-DigitalMedia&Design-2017388 [#8921, 2017388]|
|Position Title:||Department Head and Endowed Professorship in Digital Media and Design|
|Position Type:||Tenured/Tenure-track faculty|
|Position Location:||Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]|
|Subject Area:||Digital Media & Design|
|Appl Deadline:||(posted 2017/02/17)|
Department Head and Endowed Professorship in Digital Media and Design
Applications are invited for the position of Department Head, Digital Media and Design and Donna Krenicki Endowed Professorship in Design and Digital Media
in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut. The School
seeks a dynamic leader with a distinguished record of creative and
scholarly achievement, and a clear vision to shape the future of the
department. Candidates should have a strong record in university
education and administration, excellent interpersonal skills, and a
national and international profile in research and/or creative practice
deserving appointment as a full, tenured professor in the department.
The University of Connecticut (UConn) is in the midst of a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut (http://nextgenct.uconn.edu/) and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut (http://biosciencect.uchc.edu/) investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence (http://issuu.com/uconnprovost/docs/academic-plan-single-hi-optimized_1). We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for the Department Head of Digital Media and Design and Donna Krenicki Endowed Professorship in Design and Digital Media.
Since its establishment in 2012, the Department of Digital Media and Design has grown rapidly to a current size of over 350 undergraduate and graduate students, a full-time faculty of fifteen, and a committed team of staff and specialist adjunct faculty. The department is dedicated to establishing, advancing and promoting programs of transdisciplinary education and research in digital media and design; commitment to experiential learning in the classroom prepares students to respond to real-world challenges that will distinguish them as thinkers, creators and innovators in the digital space. The department offers a wide range of degrees, and enjoys state-of-the-art facilities both at the main campus in Storrs and at UConn Stamford, which is located in the heart of a thriving business community with easy access to New York City. Both locations offer excellent opportunities for collaboration with a wide range of partners both within and outside the university: the department is involved in projects with a number of different schools, including Engineering, Business, and Medicine, and with numerous major corporations and other external entities, including National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Library and Museum Services, Boston Children’s Hospital, IBM, NBC Sports, Connecticut Innovations, and Cigna. It is also playing a leading role in the development of a Scholarly Communications Design Studio at UConn, funded by a major grant from the Mellon Foundation.
The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in one or more of the department’s six concentrations: 2-D Animation and Motion Graphics; 3-D Animation and Visualization; Game Design and Development; Web Design and Development; Digital Media Strategies for Business (including social media, marketing, advertising, branding, and data analytics); and Digital Humanities (including humanities computing, digital pedagogy, digital libraries, and public humanities). At the same time, they will show a willingness to embrace the diversity of digital media practice reflected in the department’s broad offerings. Accordingly, the search committee welcomes applicants from a diverse range of fields, including, but not limited to the fine arts, the humanities and social sciences, education, business, health, and the STEM disciplines. Candidates with a proven commitment to interdisciplinary research and practice are especially welcome.
The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to research and scholarship through extramural funding, high quality publications, impact as measured through citations, performances and exhibits, and national recognition as through honorific awards. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses and mentoring of students in research, outreach and professional development. Successful candidates will also be expected to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.
The new Head will be expected to have a strong commitment to academic excellence in a major research institution, and to fostering diversity and inclusiveness at all levels of the academic enterprise, including faculty and staff hiring and student recruitment. They will work collaboratively with the Dean and other leaders within the School of Fine Arts, particularly the Heads of the other academic departments (Art & Art History, Dramatic Arts, and Music) to implement the strategic goals of the School and of UConn’s Academic Plan (http://academicvision.uconn.edu). The Head will oversee budget, personnel (including faculty promotion and tenure procedures), curriculum, and facilities, and work closely with faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, and outside constituencies to support and promote the vision and mission of the department.
The state is home to a large number of international high technology companies. The Storrs campus is located in a beautiful area of New England, with a moderate cost of living and proximity to major cultural, recreational, and urban centers of the Northeast. The University community provides residents with a rich diversity of cultural, athletic, artistic, and historic experiences, and the surrounding area offers affordable quality housing and top schools for faculty and families.
is a full-time, 10-month tenure track position with an anticipated
start date of August 23, 2017. The successful candidate’s appointment
will be at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with
qualifications and experience.
Select "Apply" to complete your application. Application packages should include: a cover letter; a full curriculum vitae; a two-page vision statement
summarizing the candidate’s personal vision and goals for education and
research in digital media and design, and their philosophy of academic
leadership for achieving those goals; and names and contact information
of five professional references. Submission of
materials as a PDF is strongly encouraged. (Later in the search process
shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit additional statements, on
teaching, research, and commitment to diversity, as mandated by
Review of applications will begin on Friday, March 17, 2017. The position is open until filled.
Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the
successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.
University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a
multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The
diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does
the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who
consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers
and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity,
and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s
top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical
link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse
University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment
Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women,
veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally